Buying your first home is an exciting prospect, but it can also feel daunting. After all, there are many things to consider and keep in mind before making a final decision on whether you’ve found the perfect house or flat for you.
It’s crucial, then, that first-time buyers know what to look for when choosing a home, so they can feel like they’ve made the right decision and live happily in their new property!
So, what should you be looking for when buying your first home?
Is There Room to Expand?
If you plan to have, or grow, a family, it may be a good idea to look at whether a home can be expanded to accommodate your future needs. Whether it’s adding a baby room or an office for your arts and crafts, knowing what you want a few years down the line can help you to make the right choice.
For example, perhaps one day you’d also like to add an extra room to the property. For this reason, you need to make sure there’s enough space to accomplish your dreams and have the home you always envisioned before you purchase it.
If you have plans to expand with building work, it’s also a good idea to look at the surrounding properties to see if they have done anything similar and speak to your estate agents to see if planning permission is something that’s likely to be granted in the future.
Otherwise, you might find it impossible because of lack of space – or due to planning permissions that may not have been accounted for.
Can You Renovate it to Your Tastes?
Before purchasing your first home, ask yourself: can you refurbish it to match the aesthetic you have in your mind? Look at the current structure and design of the home to identify whether you can transform it to meet your requirements and make your decision from there.
If you’re not bothered by a small master bedroom as you intend to knock down walls, or you can easily see how the boiler room can be transformed into another bathroom, then you may want to consider the property. If, on the other hand, you are having difficulty imagining how the existing home can match the one you want to live in, then it may not be the right fit for you and your family.
Does the Layout Match Your Lifestyle?
Do you play the piano, love gardening, build train models, or do yoga each morning? It doesn’t matter what your hobby or way of life is, it’s important that your new home allows you to pursue your passions.
You may need a big living room or a decently-sized garden, for example, so it’s important that you imagine yourself doing all the things you love to do in the home you’re viewing – if you can see it working, that’s great!
Is It Ideal for Pets?
If you have pets or are planning to have them in the future, you’ll want to ensure your home can accommodate them. Big dogs may not fare well in a flat, for example, and would much rather have a nice garden to enjoy. Or, perhaps, you would like to have chickens or even a horse?
Not only is it important that you have the necessary space for your existing and future pets, but it’s also critical that the home is ready (or can be refurbished) to accommodate them. This can mean anything from adding a fence to building an outdoor space to house them, for example.
Knowing where you want to live is only halfway there – it’s also vital to know exactly what you’re looking for before you make your decision! At Corrie and Co, we have helped many homeowners find their dream home and we’re confident we can help you do the same.
Browse our selection of properties for sale in the South Lakes and speak to a member of Corrie and Co today for help finding your dream home in 2018.